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Reading Testimony, Witnessing Trauma: Confronting Race, Gender, and Violence in American Literature

Eden Wales Freedman

Abstract

Reading Testimony, Witnessing Trauma: Confronting Race, Gender, and Violence in American Literature treats reader response to traumatic and testimonial literature written by and about African American women. Theorists emphasize the necessity of writing about—or “witnessing”—trauma to overcome it. To this critical conversation, Reading Testimony, Witnessing Trauma adds insight into the engagement of testimonial literature, articulating a theory of reading (or “dual-witnessing”) that explores how narrators and readers can witness trauma together. The book then places its original theories of tra ... More

Keywords: trauma, reader response, African American literature, race, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781496827333
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827333.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eden Wales Freedman, author
Mount Mercy University